Bryan Groenevelt competes in Crystal Mountain's race league on Thursday's and he used the public NASTAR course to practice for the league races, but Bryan and his friends wanted to add a new competitive aspect to their favorite winter sport.
Bryan and his friends had looked at the NASTAR stats and realized that if they could do 20 NASTAR runs each time they went skiing they could own a new record after 50 days of skiing. This sounds manageable enough sitting at the bar talking about skiing, however, staying healthy and sticking to the task at hand is much more difficult.
Bryan attributes his success to a good snow year, Crystal Mountain's NASTAR course being open five days each week and a group of friends that kept pushing him. Scot Perry, who ranks third nationally with 503 runs, helped push Bryan to reach the goal. "When you're 55 and older, you have to try and keep up with the younger guys," Perry said. "We were using NASTAR as a way to practice and get better to keep up with the young guys. We started out a few years ago getting 100 runs in, then it turned into 300."
Still, Perry is impressed with his friends resiliency. At the end of February Bryan was getting close to his goal but wanted to take a spring vacation, so he decided to bank some runs before he took a warm weather break. So, on Presidents Day, he took 50 runs on one day.
"I don't think I'll get close next year," Groenevelt said. "You take a beating. You hit the gates, you're black and blue, you're bruised. I've taken a couple falls, sprained an ankle."
To reach 1,000 NASTAR runs is an impressive acheivement.
Below is a list of people that recorded the most NASTAR runs during the past ten years:
YEAR # OF RUNS NASTAR HOST RESORT
|1002||Bryan Groenevelt||Crystal Mountain, MI|
|2012-13||461||Nancy Simpson||Trollhaugen Ski Area, WI|
|2011-12||738||Patti Zehner||Steamboat, CO|
|2010-11||748||Tom Zehner||Steamboat, CO|
|2009-10||658||Patti Zehner||Steamboat, CO|
|2008-09||564||Bill Ward||Steamboat, CO|
|2007-08||631||Elizabeth Strommen||Tyrol Basin, WI|
|2006-07||374||Jerry Taylor||Steamboat, CO|
|2005-06||663||Austin Baker||Beaver Creek, CO|
|2004-05||413||John Haney||Park City, UT|